Tron àrd-sgoil (agus a-nis), bha mi gu math clown a ’chlas.
I had quite a theatrical English teacher one year – his name was Mr. Morgan. Most of my time with Mr. Morgan was spent outside the classroom because I couldn't appreciate Shakespeare. It drove Mr. Morgan crazy.
Aon uair nuair a dh ’fhaighnich Mgr Morgan, anns an stràc swashy Yale-ish aige, dè na seòrsaichean dòighean litreachais a bhiodh Shakespeare a’ cleachdadh ann an Hamlet, thog mi mo làmh gu draghail.
Dh ’èigh Mgr Morgan,“ Tha, Mgr Karr? ”
“Oxymorons”, fhreagair mi.
“Oxymorons?” Thuirt Mgr Morgan, “A bheil fios agad eadhon dè a th’ ann an oxymoron, Mgr Karr? ”
“Sure!” I said, “It's the juxtaposition of antithetical terms in an expression, Mr. Morgan.”
Though I was correct, Mr. Morgan still couldn't grow to appreciate my sense of humor and he showed me the door. It did get quite a laugh from the class (after the initial gasp of hearing multi-syllable words coming from my mouth).
I've never forgotten the definition for an oxymoron… and I'm surprised at their excessive and, perhaps, growing usage when marketing technology today. If you want to sound like you have a really cool product or service, throw in an oxymoron into your marketing or technology presentation. It appears folks love it nowadays. In fact, quite a few of these are now in Geekipedia.
- Leasachadh lùthmhor - Tha an luchd-leasachaidh sin èibhinn. Tha an sgaoileadh fhathast fadalach.
- Eadar-aghaidh Prògramadh Iarrtasan - mar gum biodh na prògraman tagraidh fhèin.
- Artificial Intelligence – it's not artificial, it's real.
- Roghainnean lùth - is e cuspair dorcha an aon roghainn eile airson lùth.
- URL càirdeil – what's a mean URL?
- Rèidio Eadar-lìn – if it's on the Internet, it's not radio
- Laptop $ 100 - lùth? Cothrom air an eadar-lìn?
- Net Neutrality - duine sam bith a-riamh a ’cluinntinn mu dheidhinn Akamai or S3?
- Eadar-aghaidh Cleachdaiche – it's still for the computer, not me.
- Margaidheachd einnsean sgrùdaidh – it's not marketing (sorry), it's placement.
- Amalachadh gun fhiosta – if it's integrated, it means there is a seam somewhere.
What's your favorite oxymoron?